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Distracted driving and the smartphone epidemic

In previous generations, parents worried that their kids would become addicted to cigarettes, cocaine or heroin. They worried about underage drinking and drunk driving. They knew that these addictive substances could change their children's lives forever, could cause deadly car accidents and could even take their lives.

It's not that parents don't worry about that in 2019. They do, and teens still struggle with substance abuse. However, there is now a new addiction that parents need to consider, as well: cellphone addiction.

Teens are on their smartphones all the time. They can't remember a world in which they weren't connected to the internet continuously. They feel like they have to be in constant communication with friends and significant others. It's just part of their society.

In fact, some reports indicate that the average teen uses his or her smartphone for seven hours every single day. Many of them even admit that they feel addicted and don't want to give it up.

Like alcohol or other drugs, this new addiction has an impact on driving. Teens get distracted behind the wheel when they can't put their phones away. Some of them appear to be drunk when they're really just sending text messages or checking social media sites. They cross into oncoming traffic, run red lights and lose control of their vehicles.

Phones are useful. They've changed communication forever. But that change does not come without risks.

Have you gotten injured in an accident with a distracted teen driver or a distracted driver of any age? You need to know how to seek financial compensation for your costs.

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